Abantis paradisea - Paradise skipper

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Abantis paradisea

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, wooded grassland above Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Species details:

Note: Found throughout the year but most common from August to October.
Distribution: Nigeria, Southern DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
AnnonaceaeAnnona (Larval foodplant)
MalvaceaeHibiscus (Larval foodplant)
Larval food (by plant species):
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaePhilenoptera violacea (Larval foodplant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeXeroderris stuhlmannii (Larval foodplant)
PhyllanthaceaeBridelia cathartica subsp. melanthesoides (Food plant)
PhyllanthaceaePseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia (Food plant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 316.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 372.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Hesperiidae subfamily Pyrginae, p. 134, Online Encyclopaedia.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Abantis paradisea .
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=400210, retrieved 19 May 2019

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